I am considering a technical camera and recently got a chance to look at Arca RM3di, Cambo RS 1250, Cambo RC 400, and Alpa STC while visiting Capture Integration offices in Atlanta (Thank you Steve Hendrix). Before getting a chance to actually hold each of these in my hands I was quite sure I would get the RM3di. After handling each I am least inclined to get the RM3di and most inclined to get the Alpa.
Cambo is in between. It offers more functionality (rise+fall+tilt+shift+swing) for a lot less money and seems like the logical/sensible/prudent choice. Although for lenses with tilt mount an HPF ring can't be used - which is a concern. It also does not feel as compact and comfortable as Alpa, but not too bad either.
Alpa STC felt really good in my hands. I did not get an opportunity to hold an Alpa TC. I really like Alpa's compact form factor. Yes, I am really conflicted about the cost - since its the highest price of the three brands and I am admittedly seeking quality+value.
Here is what I am seeking…
* I like a small/compact form factor
* I like to get things right in one shot and do not look for stitching unless a compelling vista presents itself
* Tilt ability is my main reason to consider a technical camera (shift+rise are certainly nice to have)
* Ability to have precise focus
I am thinking Alpa TC or STC with tilt adapter & HPF rings on lenses.
Would like to hear thoughts and opinions on the choice of STC, TC, Cambo or Arca.
Thanks for your time and help.